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drank Prince Igor by Mariage Frères
327 tasting notes

This was a sample Ysaurella so kindly sent me, thanks so much! The joys of receiving great tea in the mail, made my week!

At my first thought when i sipped this was “oh my, Marco Polo and Thé à L´Opéra had a child together! And this is it!”. The red fruits and vanilla, the strong strawberry (?) note, the mixed green and black teas. And I just can not shake that impression from my head.

This is a very lovely tea – a blend of green and black, with vanilla and strawberry and a few things more indeed to make it more mysterious. It is IMO an afternoon tea, and I can see why they named it after an opera, it is such a perfect tea for an evening occasion. Lovely.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Ysaurella

I’m glad you loved it so much ! and so happy to see another review of this splendid tea. Now I’m looking forward to see Nicole’s one :)
This blend is to me one of the best MF I had and it deserves to be better known, and why not become as famous as Marco Polo around the world.

cteresa

It is a lovely tea indeed. But I think it being a mix of green and black might be something counting against it being very popular and well known. I think this, like Balthazar and another mix of green and black I got are lovely, but I am not sure when to have them or when to reach for them. Dunno. But I think the green-black is a complicated thing.

On a tangent, Casablanca has some black tea indeed, which is hardly noticeable and something I only realized after making lots of cups of it. Don´t try Casablanca if you can avoid it – without much fuss or feeling like love at first sight, Casablanca just might make all other mint green teas “wrong”, might ruin you for cheaper mint teas.

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Ysaurella

I’m glad you loved it so much ! and so happy to see another review of this splendid tea. Now I’m looking forward to see Nicole’s one :)
This blend is to me one of the best MF I had and it deserves to be better known, and why not become as famous as Marco Polo around the world.

cteresa

It is a lovely tea indeed. But I think it being a mix of green and black might be something counting against it being very popular and well known. I think this, like Balthazar and another mix of green and black I got are lovely, but I am not sure when to have them or when to reach for them. Dunno. But I think the green-black is a complicated thing.

On a tangent, Casablanca has some black tea indeed, which is hardly noticeable and something I only realized after making lots of cups of it. Don´t try Casablanca if you can avoid it – without much fuss or feeling like love at first sight, Casablanca just might make all other mint green teas “wrong”, might ruin you for cheaper mint teas.

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Inconstant tea drinker – I mostly drink tea when not too hot. I hang around steepster much more frequently in (northern hemisphere) cold season.

- Teas -

I like all sorts of tea, flavoured and unflavoured, though I am picky. I am always willing to try anything new. I am now particularly interested in single origins.

I am one of those people who actually loves Lapsang Souchong. I am not crazy about Earl Grey, in general. I don´t quite get Darjeeling teas, but I am trying to make sure …

I like rooibos, though not all bases. I loathe hibiscus. I do not like fennel/liquorice/anise in blends or teas with chicory. I am picky about what I consider true cinnamon.

As you can probably tell from my cupboard, the brands I find more interesting right now are Mariage Fréres,Thé-o-Dor and Yumchaa.

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